Thank you for expressing AN interest in becoming a volunteer for The Dancing Cat, an initiative of Silicon Valley Pet Project!

To sign up to volunteer, fill out our application.

On-site positions

Morning/Evening Attendant

RESPONSIBILITIES

This is a dirty job but it’s very rewarding! We need folks to come daily and clean The Dancing Cat's adoption center. You can't be afraid to get your hands dirty. You will wash food and water bowls, wipe up any spills on the furniture, clean litter boxes, and mop the floors if needed.

This can be done with a friend! The work goes faster and it's a good way to get to know other volunteers. Sign up with someone you know, or make a new friend.

Special Bonus

This is special time with the kitties as you will be first to greet and feed them in the morning and they will be so grateful to see you!

Requirements

Love cats and don’t have a problem getting your hands dirty with mopping, litter box cleaning, etc.

Time Commitment

Each shift is 2 hours on site at The Dancing Cat location. You can sign up for as few or as many shifts as you’d like.


greeter

RESPONSIBILITIES

You will be the first point of contact to The Dancing Cat for guests and potential adopters. You will help provide an overall positive experience and a welcoming environment, greet and check in visitors, run the small retail area, and answer questions about our mission.

REQUIREMENTS

Customer Service skills plus on-the-job training.

TIME COMMITMENT

Each shift is 3 hours on-site at The Dancing Cat location. You can sign up for as few or as many shifts as you’d like. We also need greeters for our special events, as scheduled in advance. Special event greeters will help set up and break down the room, as required by the event.


Cat care

The Dancing Cat Foster Program Manager

In this newly created Silicon Valley Pet Project role, The Dancing Cat Foster Program Manager will take the lead in recruiting and supporting foster parents, in addition to facilitating the placement of rescued cats into temporary foster homes. The individual we are seeking must have prior fostering experience and a good understanding of foster requirements. We are searching for an organized multi-tasker eager to effectively track the interests, abilities, and availability of current foster parents in efforts to create the best foster home/cat match. Our Foster Program Manager will bring excellent customer service skills and an ability to respond quickly to the inquiries of foster participants, linking them to SVPP resources as needed.  The Foster Program Manager will oversee a small team of Foster Coordinators who work day-to-day with our foster families.  In addition, our vision is that the Foster Program Manager will ultimately manage a network of “Foster Buddies” to support an expanded foster community.  

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Recruit new foster parents.

  • Educate prospective applicants on the fostering requirements and expectations.

  • Support the Home Visit Team in coordinating home visits.

  • Manage records and documents for each foster family.

  • Perform quality assurance checks on individual cat records in our cat database.

  • Maintain regular contact with approved fosters, proactively tracking their availability, preferences, and ability to handle various cat cases (medical needs, quarantine, shy cats, etc.).

  • Arrange for the transportation of  cats and supplies between shelter, foster home and The Dancing Cat as needed.

  • Work with Foster Coordinators to plan for necessary vet visits and facilitate delivery of medication to fosters.

Requirements:

  • Prior fostering and cat experience.

  • Proven customer service and organizational skills.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to respond quickly via email and phone to the needs of the organization and foster families.

  • Experience working independently.

  • Passionate about supporting The Dancing Cat mission and philosophy.

Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 15 hours a week based on demand.

To Apply:

  • Please share a paragraph about your related experience and why you feel you would be a great match for this position and send to: info@thedancingcat.org


Cat Foster Parent

Responsibilities

Responsible for the daily care of a foster animal including feeding, playtime, socialization, grooming, and, of course, providing patience, love and security. We will provide all necessary medical care and full support throughout the foster period. Any additional expenses incurred by the foster parent may be tax deductible.

Requirements

To be a successful foster parent, you will need a compassionate nature, flexibility and some knowledge of animal behavior. Frequent email updates are required, and responsiveness to our team is critical to the success of our foster program. Reliable computer, internet service and transportation.

Time Commitment

This position is for cats from Dancing Cat that might need time to heal from sickness, or be given a break from the social space. We expect that the time commitment will be less than a month.

Fill out our foster application online here.


Cat Foster Coordinator

Responsibilities

The Foster Coordinator is the first point of contact with foster parent. You will deliver animal to the foster family, and provide initial supplies and equipment. You must respond to foster parents' questions via email or phone in a timely manner. You will work closely with other members of the foster team to assist the foster parent in all aspects of getting the animal ready for adoption or for arrival at The Dancing Cat. You will build strong and supportive relationships with foster parents to ensure open communication and encourage them to consider fostering on a regular basis. You may be involved in meet & greet with potential adopters. You will also do the initial post-adoption follow up (3 days after adoption).

Requirements

Must have previous fostering experience. Customer service, organizational skills and have strong social and communication skills.

Time Commitment

8-10 hours per week


animal transport

RESPONSIBILITIES

Transport volunteers use their personal vehicles to transport animals and/or supplies (i.e. rescue pick up, chauffeuring animals to/from medical appointments). Errands/pick up donations/drop off supplies. Travel is primarily in the San Jose area. 

REQUIREMENTS

Must have a reliable vehicle that is licensed and insured; the vehicle must have enough space for kenneled animals. Requires a valid driver’s license.

TIME COMMITMENT

Flexibility of schedule; 2-4 hrs/week


Creative volunteer positions

Graphic Designer

RESPONSIBILITIES

Work closely with Marketing and Communications managers to create design solutions that have high visual impact for web and/or print to include ads, invitations, posters, newsletters, website graphics, etc. Work closely with Marketing Manager and Dancing Cat/SVPP leadership team

REQUIREMENTS

Graphic design and/or website development experience. Must have a creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. Will need to be able to turn around design requests quickly.

TIME COMMITMENT

10-15 hrs/month; this is a virtual position.